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FAQs

Are Your Staff Qualified?

Yes, scans are preformed by a fully qualified ultrasound technicians.

What Types of Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans Are Offered?

2D/3D/4D and HD Live Scans using the latest technology.

What Kind of Ultrasound Machine Do You Use?

We use the GE Voluson E8 built on the powerful Expert Series platform. The Voluson E8 combines advanced 2D images to our new 3D/4D imaging technologies, with a HD Live feature. You can find out more information here.

Are 3D/4D Scans Safe?

Ultrasound has been used for the last 50 years successfully. It uses soundwaves - not radiation - to produce an image of your baby. No proven risks are known to date. For updated information, see The Fetal Medicine Foundation and BMUS (British Medical Ultrasound Society).

How Many Weeks Do I Have to Be for an Early Scan?

You should be at least 8 weeks pregnant for an early scan to be performed to ensure the fetal heart pulsations can be seen. Any earlier, the scan findings can be inconclusive.

When Can You Find out the Gender of the Baby?

A gender scan can be performed from 15 weeks + 4 days with 99.9% accuracy. If the baby is not in the right position, where necessary we will arrange another appointment free of charge.

When is the Best Time to Have a 4D Scan?

The best time for scanning is between 16 to 32 weeks’ gestation due to the size of the baby and optimum amount of amniotic fluid present. Prior to 26 weeks, the baby may appear more skeletal due to its size, and after 32 weeks the reduction in amniotic fluid may not allow clear images of the baby.

If you are outside of the suggested range, we will endeavour to try and obtain the best possible images however this may not always be guaranteed. For a multiple pregnancy, the best gestation is between 22 and 28 weeks.

What's the Difference between 3D and 4D Baby Scans?

A 3D baby scan produces three-dimensional images of your baby. The fourth dimension is motion, which means a 4D scan offers a moving video of the 3D scan.

Do I Need to Be Referred by My Midwife, Obstetrician, or GP?

No. You don’t need a referral from a doctor or midwife for any of our 2D, 3D, or 4D scans.

Who Can I Bring Along to the Scan?

Family and friends are more than welcome to come and share this amazing experience with you. The images are projected to a TV screen for everyone to see. For comfort, we suggest a maximum of 5 people in the room, however we can discuss any particular needs you have. Children are more than welcome to attend but must be supervised at all times.

How Do I Prepare for My Scan?

As with your regular hospital scans, we ask you to drink plenty of water before you arrive at our practice. This helps to make the amniotic fluid clearer, which allows for better images. If possible, maybe have a snack or a drink of fruit juice about an hour prior to your appointment to help make the baby a little more active. 

Other than that, there are no special requirements for your scan. Just come along, relax, and enjoy meeting your little one on screen.

What is the Difference between a Bump2Baby Scan and the NHS Scans?

You will usually have your routine scans with your local NHS Trust. Bump2Baby scans do not replace your NHS routine scans. NHS scans are there to monitor the well-being and progress of your developing baby. 

Bump2Baby scans are there to enable you and your partner access to ultrasound services between your routine scans to either confirm pregnancy viability as an early scan, check the gender of your baby prior to your 20-week scan (or after if the baby hides), or to get a head start in the bonding process with your baby.

What if the ULTRASound technician Sees an Unexpected Abnormality?

We are a non-diagnostic , non-screening and non-medical service. We do not check for abnormalities, however if anything unusual is noticed, we will explain our finding based on basic observation and you will be referred to your midwife or GP.

How Do I Pay?

Payment for 2D, 3D and 4D Baby Scans can be made by debit/credit card. We do require a £20 deposit for all packages when booking. We request a 48 hour cancellation if you wish to cancel. If an appointment is cancelled after 48 hours, your deposit will become non-refundable.